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Newfydog has a new home

post #1 of 20
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Well, we have done it. We sold the house in Bend and bought one in Fernie, BC. Three reasons:

Disillusionment with American politics is what that got us looking elsewhere.
Bend’s rampant growth, tripling while we lived here was a second impetus. It is still a great place but I worry about where it is headed. I’ll miss the place but I’m pretty psyched about where we are going. What we found in Fernie is the third reason, a wonderful small town with a great sense of community, and ski slopes one can see from downtown. I haven’t even skied the place but one glance is all you need to see how good it can be. Plus the dog approves of returning to his roots.

We looked at Banff, Canmore, Golden, Invermere, Rossland, Nelson, and even Sandpoint, Idaho. Fernie is the place. Send me a note if anyone comes by this winter.
post #2 of 20
Congrats!! I haven't skied there myself, but friends tell me it's fantastic. They love the area as much as they love the skiing.

BTW. when's the EpicSki house-warming party.
post #3 of 20
Sitting here in Portland, where every weekend the paper is full of ads for golf course retirement communities being built around Bend, I'm not surprised you're moving on. Good luck with Fernie!
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Originally Posted by sno'more
Sitting here in Portland, where every weekend the paper is full of ads for golf course retirement communities being built around Bend, I'm not surprised you're moving on. Good luck with Fernie!
Not just Portland, they've been running half page ads in the Wall St. Journal. Damn the torpedoes, we're headed for 100,000! I just heard four more golf courses will spring up near Tumalo. What will that be, course #'s 35-38?.
post #5 of 20
that Newfydog, he's one happy pup!

congratulations on escaping to a great town, Newfydog! wise move and all that.
post #6 of 20
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congratulations on escaping to a great town, Newfydog! wise move and all that.
Until another 70,000 or so other people decide to join you with their large SUVs and cell-phones. Nothings shows progress like cell-phone towers everywhere.

I spent a lot of weekends in Bend in my youth. Back then it had less than 10,000 people. The Westward Ho Motel was where the town ended and the high plains desert began. The locals taught me a couple terms, CPAs and MPAs. CPA stood for California piss ants while MPA stood for metropolitan piss ant which is the names they gave to the Portland and Seattle residence that were starting to invade the area.
post #7 of 20
Rio,

I've heard that Schweitzer's next move as Gov of MT is to introduce an "economic development" bill that will require all MT-licensed drivers to use cell phones while driving.
post #8 of 20
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Saw some leather and chains biker guy rolling through Bend recently. Little did he know, a friend commented, that tough as he looked, a blonde CPA driving a Hummer talking on the phone could run him down any second.
post #9 of 20
Sorry to see ya go. I am right behind you. 2-3 years and will be selling our little ranch. Redmond has just gone crazy. There was 12,000 RVer's here this week. I could barely drive the truck around town. I-97 as I call it is bumper to bumper from L.A. Pine to Madras and are rolling @ 75+. Excuse me it's 55 in Orygone. Anyway,Fernie was 1 of the first Epic Ski Gatherings and has some great skiing. A little steeper the MT.Flachelor. Well I guess I won't have to worry about getting in trouble for speeding since the only patrolman that could catch me left;-) Good Luck.
post #10 of 20
Newfydog

You really are a Newfy! I used to live in Halifax. Went to Newfoundland once. Time is off by half an hour.

Canadians are a well mannered lot, for the most part. I hope it's not too dull for you after all the unruly behavior in the lower 48.

Best of luck and enjoy the skiing.
post #11 of 20
Congratulations. Fernie is a great place in the summer as well. Get a mtn bike if you don't already have one. Waterton/ Galcier National Park is nearby and is beautiful and uncrowded.

Can I rent out your basement?
post #12 of 20
Well Newfy, its been a year! Any regrets? From your winter posts it sure looks like the skiing is working out.
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Fernie's a great place to ski and wonderfully odd too

Yo Newf! You gonna learn to speak 'Stralian and fly fish mate? Don't forget to tell us about your first Chinese downhill on a powder day.
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Well Newfy, its been a year! Any regrets? From your winter posts it sure looks like the skiing is working out.

I can see why they say people come here for the winter but stay for the summer. We've had a glorious summer, great mountain biking here and the river right below our house has top notch kayaking and fishing.

The ski area is actually not my favorite, and I miss the long season at Bachelor, but it is hard to beat being 5km from the slopes, and when Fernie is good it is great. I somehow have ended up a diector of the nordic foundation to try to improve the xc scene hwere, which has tremendous potential.

We really miss our friends from Bend, but the town is still growing and they have dropped all pretences about whether the developers run the place. Also it looks like we sold at the height of the feeding frensy, and ther guy who bought our house has tried to flip it and has reduced the price three times, and is looking at a net loss.

We're working on getting our perminent residence status, which will take another year just for an initial response, but we're learning the nuances of hockey and Canadian politics. People have been wonderful to us.

Why we decided to remodel a 100 year old house is beyond me. If we get that done life will be just about perfect.
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Originally Posted by newfydog
I can see why they say people come here for the winter but stay for the summer. We've had a glorious summer, great mountain biking here and the river right below our house has top notch kayaking and fishing.

The ski area is actually not my favorite, and I miss the long season at Bachelor, but it is hard to beat being 5km from the slopes, and when Fernie is good it is great. I somehow have ended up a diector of the nordic foundation to try to improve the xc scene hwere, which has tremendous potential.

We really miss our friends from Bend, but the town is still growing and they have dropped all pretences about whether the developers run the place. Also it looks like we sold at the height of the feeding frensy, and ther guy who bought our house has tried to flip it and has reduced the price three times, and is looking at a net loss.

We're working on getting our perminent residence status, which will take another year just for an initial response, but we're learning the nuances of hockey and Canadian politics. People have been wonderful to us.

Why we decided to remodel a 100 year old house is beyond me. If we get that done life will be just about perfect.
Does the town have good bars? It's along winter.....
post #16 of 20
if by good bars you mean do they serve alcohol, yes, other than that you go to Fernie to ski or fish/bike....
post #17 of 20
Congrats as it looks like everything is working out Newfy!

I'll be in your area some time in Jan/early Feb and would love to make some turns.
post #18 of 20
NEWFY....about 6-8 months ago I asked you for the name of a QUALITY real estate broker and the name of a GREAT B&B in Fernie.
I have misplaced your response.
Sooooooooooo could you do it all over again.
My Wife and I will be in Fernie at the beginning of Feb for a few days.

THANKS MUCH
post #19 of 20
Congratulations, Bend is a zoo these day IMHO, and Canada is such a wonderful place with great people!
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by oldefarms
NEWFY....about 6-8 months ago I asked you for the name of a QUALITY real estate broker and the name of a GREAT B&B in Fernie.
I have misplaced your response.
Sooooooooooo could you do it all over again.
My Wife and I will be in Fernie at the beginning of Feb for a few days.

THANKS MUCH
Glad to put in a pitch for these two:

Real Estate: Candice Grey, Royal Lepage, the fastest talking human in Canada, and a good agent by any standards.
http://www.realestateinfernie.com/

The Old Nurses Residence, B&B, Patrick and Joann Burke
http://www.oldnurse.com/
Patrick is on city council and helping push the XC skiing here. Nice place to stay too.

PM me and we'll do some turns.
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